- Janssen Pharmaceuticals02.Jan 2018
Johnson & Johnson lives and operates by a Credo that serves as a compass for all that they do.
Support from management
What is said in formal communications and what is implemented are sometimes disconnected. Generally my direct manager is supportive, but the higher up you go, the separation from the field leads to less consistent support.
My district was known for being especially cohesive, supportive, and cooperative. Generally across the company, I find a lot of cooperation as well.
Freedom to work independently
The freedom to work independently is high... until the products are not doing as well. Then the shift becomes sell consultative/specialty oriented and more primary-care like.
For the field-based employees, there are a lot of internal-focused emails that are not relevant to our daily business. Items designed for the field are almost always helpful.
Attitude towards older colleagues
In field sales, the focus was strongly on youth, but over time the older workforce is recognized for the value it brings.
Much better for home office personnel. Field-based employees are limited because of their geography.
Overall compensation for your work
Salary is great. When the lead product is not doing well, the bonus structure ("incentive compensation") becomes a moving target with payout for one area being dependent on another. If you don't do well with one, you cannot qualify another. On the other hand, the benefits (401k, pension, insurance, etc) are fantastic.
Office / Work Environment
Work environment varies depending on the performance of the lead product. When the product is doing well, there is much applause. When it is not doing well, the environment gets particularly shaky (mostly for the non-senior home-office folks).
My only points of reference are the encouragement of digital documentation (versus paper) and the exclusive use of hybrid vehicles for company cars.
When our products are doing well, there is more authentic attention to work-life balance. When the products are not doing as well, the focus shifts more heavily to work.
Johnson & Johnson is "a family company."
Pretty strong. If they want someone gone, they will find a way... but that doesn't happen very often.
I have a mild mobility impairment, and the company has always been open to support my needs when needed.
Again, from a field-sales perspective, my insight is somewhat limited; however, I have never seen anything that caused concern.
Over the years, the sales direction has become more like Primary Care... so that's less exciting and challenging. Nevertheless, my disease state is much more interesting than the me-too world of Primary Care.
Inclusive / Diverse
Suggestions for improvement
- My company's area is specialized and scientifically complicated, but the waves of senior management come from more general areas and thereby create an over simplified approach.
What I like about the company
The guidance from the Johnson & Johnson Credo is great. The intentional encouragement of diversity & inclusion is amazing. The broad-based pipeline is also terrific. Finally, the many benefits (that are part of compensation) are impressive.
What I dislike about the company
The magic of my disease state is gone. It is now treated like Primary Care with bullet points and over simplification. The overall Johnson & Johnson is a great company.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyJanssen Pharmaceuticals
- CityNew Jersey
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee